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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 17 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Oct. 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOVWMIE

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Format: Hardcover
You can't fault the way Linwood Barclay draws you in at the start of A Tap on the Window. Without any beating around the bush, Private Investigator Cal Weaver finds himself not only accidentally caught-up in a missing person investigation, but he has actually assisted in helping the daughter of the town's Mayor disappear by giving her a lift. When Claire pulls a switch then it doesn't get past the eye of a PI, but the real question here is why has she run away and why has she gone to such lengths to do it?

It's an intriguing start and the direct writing holds you as well for what follows in tense and puzzling missing person investigation that has a few interesting aspects and personal issues that leave quite a few possibilities open. There's the small town setting where everyone knows everybody's business, but there's also a corrupt police force in operation, dispensing their own justice on troublemaking teenagers without feeling the need to trouble the courts, or indeed worrying about the necessary paperwork. And most of the townspeople are fine with that if it helps keeps the streets safe.

There's a good theme here then about justice, about crossing the lines, about how far you go to find things out and cover something up and whether it's not just better for everyone to just look away and let things lie. This attitude however introduces tensions between the Mayor and the Chief of Police and it just so happens that the Chief of Police is Cal's brother-in-law. There's also another personal dimension to Cal's interest in the town's troubles that mean that he can't let things lie. His son died a few years go through misadventure while high on drugs, and Cal wants to get to find out who was supplying and distributing drugs around Griffon.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a big Barclay fan, having read all his previous thrillers (usually in 2 days or less) as they came out! So this one was a definite buy it on Kindle as soon as I could. I have met Mr Barclay at the Harrogate Crime writers Festival and exchanged a few words with him. He comes over (by the way) as a warm, chatty man who enjoys meeting his fans. But this time despite a helluva good opener which really sets your teeth on edge, this latest one of Barclays, didn't quite grip me 100 per cent afterall. I wouldn't have stayed up late to keep reading it. Half way through my interest was flagging. Possibly its length, (500 pages plus) tells against it, there is a bit of padding here and there I felt. There seemed to be more exposition and extraneous chit chat than I've remembered in his previous thrillers. Nor did I find the lead character easy to warm to. There were a few characters that were hard to root for actually.
However after a mid -book lull, the tempo did pick up again and the last section truly rattled along, though the ending is without doubt a bit mournful.
So if you're new to Barclay's works, I'd recommend trying one of his earlier ones first. Leave this one till later.
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By Raven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
We all know that Linwood Barclay quite proudly carries the moniker of the Twistyturny Master- okay so I made that bit up- but regular readers of his books will know that as soon as the end of that chapter beckons there will be a surprise in store and a genuine sense of 'Well, I didn't see that coming.' A Tap In The Window, then, was more than a little surprising in largely avoiding his trademark changes of direction (aside from one blinder near the end) and instead presented itself as an altogether more introspective story with a real emotional depth to the whole affair.

From Cal Weaver's initial truly foolhardy actions in giving a lift to, as it turns out, two girls- one goes missing and one who ends up murdered- Barclay neatly controls the interplay between Weaver's involvement in the subsequent investigation, as a private investigator himself, and the obsessive quest he is currently immersed in to track down those responsible for his son's death. Was it really accidental death? Suicide? Or murder? As the nefarious goings on in the local police department and the wider community are revealed, Weaver's life is thrust into a maelstrom of suspicion and murder. As is usual we are slightly wrong-footed by the events as they reveal themselves, but unfortunately I got a whiff of the guilty party and was sadly proved right- damn my prolific reading of crime books- but I wouldn't say it was too obvious so never fear! I was also racking my brains all the way through about the similarity of the girl-switching plot to something else I have read or seen that rather diluted this element of the plot for me, but there was something that impressed me greatly...
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Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Linwood Barclay, I picked up his book No Time For Goodbye, and since then I've been hooked to his writing. As a result, I was SO excited about the release of A Tap On The Window.

Cal Weaver is driving home on a rainy evening, and upon seeing a hitch-hiker, he ignores her. But after she taps on his window and asks "Aren't you Scott's dad?", he realises he can't leave his son's classmate on the side of the road and gives her a lift. On the way home Claire asks to stop at a restroom, but the girl who gets back in the car seems nervous and a lot quieter than the girl who got out. After a while he realises that the girl now in his car is not Claire, and after he lets her out he's even more puzzled. And the next day, the police turn up to ask if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night...a girl who has now been found murdered....

I absolutely LOVED A Tap On The Window! Linwood Barclay's writing is so addictive, and throughout I constantly wanted to discover more. I instantly had so many questions and my mind was buzzing with lots of ideas and feelings about what was going on - Why was there a different girl climbing back into the car? What happened to the first girl Claire?

This is a story where once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down! I was up late at night reading because I was gripped to Cal's story and I desperately wanted to find out the truth about that night and what was going to happen now.

I loved Cal as a character, I really warmed to him - I liked how he was a good guy but at the same time prepared to cross a few lines if it meant getting what he needed. Throughout I was rooting for him to get to the bottom of things and work it all out.
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